motor racing

man against machine

The Cult: Fernando Alonso

Ahead of the new F1 season, we're inducting a modern grand prix great into The Cult. With his career nearing its conclusion, Fernando Alonso's haul of two world titles feels like scant reward for a man of such extensive talents.
Jim Weeks
2016 f1 season

UK Formula 1 Viewership Dropped to 12-year Low in 2016

Formula 1's television viewership in Britain fell to a 12-year low last season, with audience figures plummeting by 5.1 million viewers
Jonathan Noble,

British Racing Driver Danny Watts Announces He is Gay

He admitted making the announcement felt "easier now I've stopped racing" as he had been concerned about how sponsors and teams might react.
Matt Beer
apartheid & sport

Remembering Formula 1's Long Relationship With Apartheid South Africa

By 1985, most sports had long since turned their back on apartheid South Africa, but Formula 1 was still competing there annually. When it finally left, humanitarian reasons may not have been top of the agenda.
Jim Weeks
sport in nazi germany

The British Grand Prix Star Who Flew the Flag for Nazi Germany

Handsome, brave and talented, Richard Seaman was among the brightest stars of inter-war grand prix racing, but today he is largely forgotten in Britain. That is in no small part down to his close links with Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Jim Weeks

Manor's Formula 1 Future in Doubt

​The future of the Manor Formula 1 team has been thrown into doubt amid mounting suggestions that the outfit is on the verge of going into administration.
Jonathan Noble,

Report: Ross Brawn to Return to F1 as Sporting Boss

The 61-year-old Briton would not replace Bernie Ecclestone, and would not be involved in the commercial side of the sport.
Pablo Elizalde,
sporting prodigies

The Young and the Brave: In Conversation With Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen's time as 'the next big thing' in Formula 1 was brief: the Dutchman has already stepped up to a starring role in the sport. We sat down with the 19-year-old to discuss his unique and rapid rise to the top.
Jim Weeks